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New York Jets 2013 NFL Draft Recap

April 28th, 2013 at 8:23 PM
By Donald Lappe

This was a big weekend for the New York Jets, with John Idzik going through his first NFL Draft weekend as general manager and added scrutiny as a result of the Darrelle Revis trade. In the end the Jets stayed true to selecting the best player available in each round of the 2013 NFL Draft. The Jets walked away with quite a bit of talent, and the Darrelle Revis trade wasn't the only trade that impacted their 2013 NFL Draft. The question now will be how Dee Milliner, Sheldon Richardson, Geno Smith, Chris Ivory and the other new faces will fit in.

'Geno Smith NY Jets NFL Draft Pick QB Interview' photo (c) 2013, Zennie Abraham - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

The biggest splash from the 2013 NFL Draft is still the Darrelle Revis trade. The trade brought back an additional first round pick in this year's NFL Draft, which the Jets turned into Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson. A few selections before, the Jets picked Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner, now set to fill in for Darrelle Revis across from Antonio Cromartie.

In round two, the Jets continued to steal the show. John Idzik selected West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, who sat through the first round on Thursday with cameras trained on him throughout the night only to be passed over. Geno Smith returned to Radio City Music Hall on Friday and was taken by the Jets with No. 39 overall selection. Whether you like the pick or not, the Jets ended up with the quarterback most had ranked as the best in the 2013 NFL Draft 23 spots after the Buffalo Bills selected Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel, regarded by most as a third round prospect.

The Jets then began filling out needs. Their third round selection was Kent State offensive lineman Brian Winters. Winters started 50 games over four years at Kent State at left tackle, but projects better as a guard or right tackle in the NFL. He's a tough, hard worker with a mean streak that will serve him well. The Jets took a similar prospect in round five when they selected Virginia offensive lineman Oday Aboushi. Aboushi also was a left tackle who will probably fit in at guard or on the right side if necessary.

The second trade the Jets made came in round four, as they sent their fourth round selection to the New Orleans Saints for Chris Ivory. That gives the Jets Ivory, Mike Goodson, Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight in the backfield currently. They are much more explosive at running back now than they were last season.

In rounds six and seven, the Jets made some upside selections. William Campbell is a defensive tackle from Michigan, but the Jets will look to move him over to guard. Brandon Moore made the same transition very successfully. The Jets snagged Tommy Bohanon in the seventh round. The Wake Forest fullback can do it all, blocking well and serving as a nice receiver out of the backfield. He's a good fit for Marty Mornhinweg.

The Jets came away with the No. 1 quarterback in the 2013 NFL Draft, two rare talents on defenses (physical press corner and explosive interior pass rusher), plus offensive line help, a running back and a fullback. Not a bad haul.

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Tags: 2013 NFL Draft, Alabama, Brian Winters, Chris Ivory, Darrelle Revis trade, Football, Geno Smith, New Orleans Saints, New York, New York Jets, NFL, Oday Aboushi, Sheldon Richardson, Tommy Bohanon, William Campbell

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